This story was a part of a collection that I read quite some time ago. Here are the details:
- Language: English
- Year: Unknown; but I read it sometime in the early 2000s (likely 2002-03).
What I remember:
A king has a bizarre way of judging crimes in his kingdom. The accused is given the choice to open either of the two doors in front of him. One door has a Tiger inside and the other has beautiful lady. If the accused opens the door and the lady walks out, his innocence is proven and he gets to marry her. If the tiger walks out, he is immediately devoured by the beast.
One day the king finds out that his daughter is on love with one of her slaves. So the king decides to punish him.
The story ends with a cliffhanger: the king puts the slave in front of the doors and he slowly walks up and opens the left door.
The story is quite old, as far as I can remember and is set probably during the ancient Greek/Roman times.